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Bodil Ipsen
Bodil Ipsen
(30 August 1889 – 26 November 1964) was a Danish actress and film director, and is considered one of the great stars of Danish cinematic history.[1] Her acting career, which began in theater and silent films, was marked by leading roles in large folk comedies and melodramas. However, it was as a director that she was most influential: directing the first Danish film noir[2] and making several dark psychological thrillers during the 1940s and 1950s. Ipsen's name along with that of Bodil Kjer
Bodil Kjer
is given to Denmark's most celebrated film prize, the Bodil Award.

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography

3.1 Actress 3.2 Director

4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Bodil Louise Jensen Ipsen was born on 30 August 1889 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1908, after obtaining her high school diploma, Ipsen began studying at Det Kongelige Teater
Det Kongelige Teater
(Royal Danish Theatre) and made her stage debut there one year later. Her work on stage quickly received attention. Especially noted were her performances with Danish actor Poul Reumert.[3][4] Throughout her career, Ipsen performed at the Royal Danish Theatre
Royal Danish Theatre
as well as the Dagmar Theater, The Folketeatret, and The Betty Nansen Theater. She also performed on stage in Sweden and Norway. Ipsen played almost 200 roles in the theater, the majority as lead actress, as well as 150 radio theater roles and four television parts.[4] In 1920, Ipsen made her film debut as a leading actress in Lavinen, directed by her third husband, Emanuel Gregers. She made films with Gregers in 1922 and 1923. Off and on, she acted in 12 films during her career. Her most noteworthy early performances were in big blustering comedies, such as the shrewish spinster Bollette in Bollettes Brudefærd or the Countess Danner in Gregers' Sørensen og Rasmussen. Ipsen became a director in 1942 and directed 10 films in 10 years. Although Ipsen's acting talent was showcased in big romantic comedies, her seat in the director's chair marked the development of classic Danish dark dramas and mysteries.[5] Her debut film, which she co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr.
Lau Lauritzen Jr.
was the 1942 dark psychological thriller Afsporet
Afsporet
(Derailed), the first true Danish film noir.[6] Two years later, Ipsen directed another two even more extreme noirs, Mordets Melodi (Melody of Murder), about a singer accused of serial murders, and Besættelse (Possession), a taut thriller about a man's erotic obsession with a young woman. After Afsporet
Afsporet
Ipsen collaborated with Lau Lauritzen Jr.
Lau Lauritzen Jr.
on four more films. Their second film, De røde enge
De røde enge
(The Red Meadows), about the Nazi occupation of Denmark
Denmark
during World War II, received the 1946 Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1950, Ipsen and Lauritzen again won acclaim for their film Café Paradis (Paradise Cafe). The harsh story about alcoholism is considered a masterpiece of Danish cinema, and for which Ipsen won her namesake award, the Bodil, named after her and fellow actress, Bodil Kjer. Two years later, Ipsen and Lauritzen again won the Bodil Award for Best Danish Film for Det Sande Ansigt (The True Face).[7] In 1960, at age 71, Ipsen was awarded the Bodil again, this time as Leading Actress of the Year for the film Tro, håb og trolddom. Ipsen retired afterwards. She died on 26 November 1964 in Copenhagen. The movie Bodil Ipsen
Bodil Ipsen
og Filmen ( Bodil Ipsen
Bodil Ipsen
and the Film), released in 2006, is a portrait of her life and career. Personal life[edit] Ipsen's steady career on stage was offset by a volatile personal life. She was married four times. Ipsen was married the first time in 1910 with the actor Jacob Texière, but the marriage was dissolved within the same year. Then, in 1914, she married civil engineer H.H.O. Moltke, and they divorced after three years. Her marriage in 1919 with film director Emanuel Gregers lasted four years. Ipsen was married for a fourth time in 1932 to the journalist Ejnar Black. They remained together for 17 years until Black's death in 1949. After Black's death, Ipsen isolated herself outside of work, preferring the company of her assistant and housekeeper, Stella Jensen.[8]

“ I discovered living together with (Bodil Ipsen) the last ten years of her life a person of infinite talents. A generosity that really knew no limits as well as a noticeable and strange distrust of people, who otherwise she would have been close to. ”

— Stella Jensen, describing Bodil Ipsen
Bodil Ipsen
after her death in 1964 [8]

Filmography[edit] Actress[edit]

Year Original Title English Title Role Notes

1913 Scenens børn Stage Children

1920 Lavinen Maria Magdalene Maria, Poul's Wife directed by Emanuel Gregers

1922 Frie Fugle Art and the Woman Naomi, the Captain's wife directed by Emanuel Gregers

1923 Madsalune Love in Exile Empress Catherine II directed by Emanuel Gregers

1932 Paustians Uhr Paustian's Watch Big Marie

1935 Det gyldne smil The Golden Smile Elsa Bruun

1938 Bolettes brudefærd Bolette's Bridal Shower Bolette Jensen directed by Emanuel Gregers

1940 Sørensen og Rasmussen Sorensen and Rasmussen Countess Danner directed by Emanuel Gregers

1941 Gå med mig hjem Come Home With Me Attorney Helen Hansoe directed by Benjamin Christensen

1942 Forellen The Trout Clara Muller directed by Emanuel Gregers

1957 Ingen tid til kærtegn Be Dear to Me Woman in wheelchair

1960 Tro, håb og trolddom Faith Hope and Witchcraft Grandma Gunhild won Bodil Award for Best Actress

Director[edit]

Year Original Title English Title Notes

1942 Afsporet Derailed co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr.

1942 En Herre i kjole og hvidt A Gentleman in Top Hat and Tails

1943 Drama på slottet Drama at the Castle

1944 Mordets Melodi Melody of Murder

1944 Besættelse Possession

1945 De røde enge The Red Meadows co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr. won Palme D'Or

1947 Bröllopsnatten Wedding Night produced in Sweden

1948 Støt står den danske sømand The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr. won Bodil Award for Best Danish Film

1950 Café Paradis Cafe Paradise co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr. won Bodil Award for Best Danish Film

1951 Det Sande Ansigt The Face of Truth co-directed with Lau Lauritzen Jr. won Bodil Award for Best Danish Film

References[edit]

^ Piil, Morten, Danske Filmskuespillere, Gyldendal (2001), 558p, pg. 197 ^ Jørholt, Eva, 100 Års Dansk Film, Rosinante, (2001) 445p, pg.130 ^ "Bodil Ipsen". Grave Site. Retrieved 2008-05-08.  ^ a b (Piil 2001, p. 198) ^ (Jørholt 2001, p. 130) ^ (Jørholt 2001, p. 131) ^ "Bodil Ipsen". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-05-08.  ^ a b (Piil 2001, p. 199)

External links[edit]

Bodil Ipsen
Bodil Ipsen
on IMDb

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 44564054 ISNI: 0000 0003 7191 0303 BNF: cb14684377s (data) SN

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